Tonight, Beautique opens on West 58th Street, right next to the Paris Theater and the Plaza Hotel. Craig Hopson, formerly the executive chef at Le Cirque, will cook an American menu with dishes like chicken breast with lemon and mint, spaghetti with salmon caviar and smoked salmon belly, and a Walforf-style salad. But the 125-seat restaurant has a French feel (and escargot): There's Jean Paul Gaultier tattoo-patterned fabric on bar stools, a gilded ceiling, and a mirror-lined staircase. It's intended to channel the spirit of Coco Chanel's house in Paris, and James Beardnominated mixologist Charlotte Voisey even has a cocktail called the Gabrielle, with gin, ginger, oolong tea simple syrup, and lavender bitters. Beautique's all-star team also includes Frank Roberts, the former manager of Rose Bar, and pastry chef Jiho Kim, who last worked at Gordon Ramsay at the London. Take a look at a few of the dishes and the menu, straight ahead.
Beautique, 8 West 58th St., 212-753-1200